About the Book
Ad Reinhardt's paintings marked a critical end point in the practice of painting, but also marked a specific rupturing moment with the history of photography as a means of producing mechanical reproductions of the work of art. Reinhardt's paintings are exceptionally difficult to photograph, if they can be photographed at all (to some end of recreating or demonstrating their effects), and puncture the history of mechanical reproducibility as a limited history of the visible. These images depict Reinhardt's late black paintings as represented by the museums (more specifically the museum websites) that own and conserve an example of the work. Many museums which own such difficult to reproduce work have not at this stage even attempted to reproduce it for public use.